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game recap

Oilers edged by Predators 4-3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:41 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers edged by Predators 4-3
Edmonton Oilers 3, Nashville Predators 4

Mike Comrie started the Oilers off right with the opening goal Tuesday night, but former teammate Denis Grebeshkov helped his new team bounce back by earning a primary assist and then go-ahead goal before the period was out. From that point, the Oilers and Preds traded goals throughout the game but the visitors were unable to jump ahead and suffered a 4-3 loss in Nashville.

Gilbert Brule and Marc Pouliot added a goal and assist each for Edmonton, while goalie Jeff Deslauriers finished with 24 saves.

FIRST PERIOD

Edmonton took a few minutes to get back into game mode, but a handful of saves by Jeff Deslauriers prevented any damage on the scoreboard. At the six minute mark, the momentum shifted to the visitors.

During an ill-timed Predators line change, Oilers Tom Gilbert, Shawn Horcoff and Mike Comrie embarked on a three-on-one. Gilbert passed to Horcoff, Horcoff fired on goalie Pekka Rinne, and although Rinne caught a piece of the puck, Comrie was perfectly poised to tap the rebound over the line to make it 1-0 Edmonton.

Five minutes later, Nashville tied it up. Just inside the Oilers zone, Colin Wilson snagged the puck, circled back in on net, and fired through traffic and past Deslauriers to even the score at one. With the primary assist on the play, Denis Grebeshkov earned his first assist as a Predator against his former club.

At 14:55, the former Oiler added a goal. After getting the puck at the left point, Grebeshkov backpedalled into the top of the slot and directed a slapshot inside Deslauriers' right post to give the Predators a 2-1 lead.

Grebeshkov added an interference minor to his resume following the goal, but the Oilers struggled on the powerplay and carried their one-goal deficit into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

Nashville started the middle frame with an 8-6 shot lead, but in seven minutes they increased it to 14-9. Near the game's midway point, a second Predators interference minor gave the Oilers their second powerplay, which passed much like the first.

Although Edmonton's powerplay again failed to fire, the club found a spark 29 seconds into five-on-five. While battling for position in front of Rinne, Gilbert Brule deflected Theo Peckham's point shot to tie the game at two.

But the stalemate didn't last long: during a penalty to Steve Staios, the Predators accomplished what the Oilers could not as Shea Weber one-timed a powerplay goal past Deslauriers, renewing Nashville's lead.

Andrew Cogliano thought he had tied the game a minute later when the puck settled behind Rinne, but video review proved that it slipped under the net and not across the line, ensuring the Preds would start another period with a one-goal lead.

THIRD PERIOD

While Cogliano's second-period attempt didn't count as a goal, his efforts early in the third helped accomplish the same result. The speedy forward battled up the right wing and forced the puck ahead to Marc Pouliot, who fired a bullet past Rinne to tie the game at three.

Unfortunately for the Oil, the Predators soon regained their grip on the game. At the five-minute mark, Jason Arnott renewed the home lead by deflecting a shot off Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick's skate.

Edmonton's attempt to get back on even terms was handicapped by a late interference minor to Ethan Moreau. With Deslauriers on the bench for five-on-five in the final minute, the Oilers tallied a few more shots on Rinne but the game-tying goal wasn't one of them and the club suffered a 4-3 loss in Nashville.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:37
EDM
Mike Comrie (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (15), Tom Gilbert (10)
1 - 0 EDM
12:14
NSH
Colin Wilson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (14)
1 - 1 Tie
14:55
NSH
Denis Grebeshkov (7) Slapshot - ASST: David Legwand (23), Joel Ward (17)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
11:53
EDM
Gilbert Brule (13) Tip-in - ASST: Theo Peckham (1), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (3)
2 - 2 Tie
15:12
NSH
PPG - Shea Weber (12) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Suter (25), Martin Erat (18)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
02:54
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (3) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (9), Gilbert Brule (15)
3 - 3 Tie
05:02
NSH
Jason Arnott (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (25), Dan Hamhuis (13)
4 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
15:12
NSH
Denis Grebeshkov  Interference against  Patrick O'Sullivan
2nd Period
09:24
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Interference against  Dustin Penner
14:12
EDM
Steve Staios  Interference against  Steve Sullivan
3rd Period
18:01
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Interference against  Shea Weber
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 28TOI: 59:25
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
21-12-4
SA: 25TOI: 59:55
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .880SH: 2 - 2